Catalogue of manuscripts collected by the Institute of Agricultural Economics, 1788-1929

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2003

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Farm account books, 1833-1928
    A.1  Account books for Tilton and Tugby, Leicestershire, 1849-57
    A.2  Miscellaneous farm account books, 1833-1928
B    Enclosure records
C    Tithe records, 1842-77
D    Correspondence, 1788-1851
E    Miscellaneous material, c.1804-1929


Manuscripts collected by the Institute of Agricultural Economics, 1788-1929

Abstract:
Farm accounts, tithe and enclosure awards, correspondence and diary entries, mostly unrelated, 1788-1929.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7120-3; Eng. d. 3609-13; Top. Devon c. 24; Top. Devon e. 11; Top. Leics. c. 2-7; Top. Oxon. c. 884; Top. Scotland f. 1; Top. Yorks. e. 32

Extent: 20 shelfmarks

Organizational History

The Oxford University Institute of Agricultural Economics was founded in 1913 and its first director was Dr. C.S. Orwin. The Institute achieved distinction for its work on British agricultural problems. In 1986 it was amalgamated with Queen Elizabeth House, the University of Oxford's Centre for Development Studies.

Scope and Content

Most of these manuscripts were collected by Dr. C.S. Orwin. They all relate to the practice of farming and many contain economic information.

Separated Material

Records relating to the Earl of Fortescue's Lincolnshire estates, 18th-20th cent., have been transferred to the Devon Record Office. Some printed material has been transferred to Rare Books, and printed ephemera to the John Johnson collection, 2003.

Custodial History

Most of the manuscripts were given to the Institute by Dr. C.S. Orwin.

Acquisition

Deposited by the Institute of Agricultural Economics, 1971, and later converted to a gift.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7120, fols. 1-2].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

University of Oxford | Institute of Agricultural Economics

Subjects (LCSH)

Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Great Britain
Farm management -- Great Britain

A   Farm account books, 1833-1928

A.1   Account books for Tilton and Tugby, Leicestershire, 1849-57

Shelfmarks: MSS. Top. Leics. c. 2-6


Scope and Content:

These books contain daily employment records for each farm labourer and weekly accounts of their wages, as well as summary records for skilled labourers, accounts of livestock, produce and sundries, annual valuations and accounts, and a register of land. The accounts are entered in Robert Swinborne, The Farmer's Complete Account-Book (Colchester, 1848-53).


Account book, Tugby, 1849-50
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Leics. c. 2
Extent: iv + 168 pages
Binding: Quarter tan calf, green cloth boards, ticket inside lower board, 'Sold by Browne, Bible & Crown, Leicester'.

Account book, Tugby, 1850-1
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Leics. c. 3
Extent: iv + 168 pages
Binding: Quarter red calf, green cloth boards

Account book, Tugby, 1856-7
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Leics. c. 4
Extent: iv + 164 pages
Binding: Quarter red calf, green cloth boards

Account book, Tilton, 1850-1
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Leics. c. 5
Extent: iv + 168 pages
Binding: Quarter red calf, green cloth boards

Account book, Tilton, 1851-2
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Leics. c. 6
Extent: iv + 168 pages
Binding: Quarter tan calf, green cloth boards

A.2   Miscellaneous farm account books, 1833-1928

Shelfmarks: MSS. Top. Leics. c. 7; Top. Oxon. c. 884; Top. Scotland f. 1


Account book of John Willison, junior, for Auchendaff Farm, Parish Holm, Scotland, 1833-41
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Scotland f. 1
Extent: 41 leaves
Binding: Quarter tan calf, stiffened marbled paper

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 14-16) child's drawings.

Separated Material:

Loose letter from a former owner of the volume, 1949, removed from this volume, is MS. Eng. c. 7100, fol. 101.



Account book, for an unidentified farm, possibly in Norfolk, 1852-3, entered in Robert Swinborne, The Farmer's Complete Account-Book (Colchester, 1851)
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Leics. c. 7
Extent: iv + 130 pages
Binding: Quarter red calf, green cloth boards

Annual valuations of livestock and produce for Goodfellows Farm, Filkins, Oxfordshire, 1919-28
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Oxon. c. 884
Extent: 88 leaves, 20-88 blank
Binding: Half red calf, papered boards
Separated Material:

Loose items removed from this volume, including a sale catalogue and valuation for Goodfellows Farm, 1928, and a sale catalogue for Furzey Hall Farm, Filkins, 1926, are MS. Eng. c. 7100, fols. 87-100.


B   Enclosure records

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7120, Top. Devon c. 24, Top. Yorks. e. 32


Copy, 1808, of enclosure award for Flaxton, North Yorkshire, 1658
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Yorks. e. 32
Extent: vi + 156 pages, 83-156 blank
Binding: Quarter tan calf, marbled boards; upper board detached

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (front pastedown) note by Thomas Wright relating to the widening of certain lanes, 1802-3
  • (pp. iv-v) Tables in Arithmetic for the Use of Schools
  • (pp. 7-11) copy of part of Bossall parish register, relating to the enclosure award of 1658
  • (pp. 12-69) copy made by William Wright, clerk, 1808, of enclosure award of 1658
  • (pp. 74-81) notes on the history of Flaxton
Separated Material:

Loose page listing the land owners who were bound by the decisions of the enclosure commissioners in 1658, removed to MS. Eng. c. 7100, fol. 102.


Custodial History:

Inscribed (p. i), 'Thos. Wright - Flaxton'; bookplate (p. i), 'University of Oxford Agricultural Economics Research Institute'.



Copy by Macaulay, Leicester, 19th cent., of the enclosure award for Cossington, Leicestershire, 1666-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7120
Extent: 15 leaves
Material: Paper watermarked, 'E. Towgood 1860'

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 7-12) survey of land, 5 Sept. 1666.


' Dunkeswell Inclosure 1818', typescript copy of all claims to rights of commons, with commissioners verdict
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Devon c. 24
Extent: ii + 25 leaves
Binding: Bound by Maltby of Oxford in green cloth boards
Custodial History:

Bookplate on front pastedown, 'University of Oxford Agricultural Economics Research Institute'; shelfmark on front pastedown, 'Acc. 690'.


C   Tithe records, 1842-77

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. d. 3609


Copy of tithe apportionment, 1842, and altered tithe apportionment, with plan, 1877, for Cossington, Leicestershire
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3609
Extent: 10 pages

D   Correspondence, 1788-1851

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7121-2, Eng. d. 3610-11


Letters to Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, and his wife, Elizabeth Yorke, relating to the management of their estate at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, and agricultural practice in general, 1796-1813
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7121
Extent: i + 101 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters from

  • (fols. 1-39) William Paterson, agent at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire to Philip Yorke, 1796-9
  • (fols. 44-61, 66-90) William Richardson to Lord and Lady Hardwicke, 1811-13
  • (fols. 48-53) William Richardson to Colonel Robertson of Hall Craig, 1812
  • (fols. 62-5) George Jenyns, with annotations by William Richardson, 1813

Letters to Philip Pusey, MP and agriculturalist, 1835-51
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3610
Extent: i + 75 leaves
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Content:

Includes letters from

  • (fol. 1) Thomas Arnold, 1836
  • (fols. 2-3) Francis Burdett, c.1834
  • (fols. 4-6) Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 1845-6
  • (fols. 7-8) Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1844
  • (fols. 9-10) Michael Faraday, 1846
  • (fols. 11-12) Sir James Robert George Graham, 1839
  • (fols. 13-15) Sir George Grey, 1848
  • (fols. 16-17) Sir Henry George Grey, 1850
  • (fols. 18-20) François Guizot, 1848
  • (fols. 21-2) Thomas Hamilton, n.d.
  • (fols. 23-4) Sidney Herbert, 1844
  • (fols. 25-7) William Lamb, 1835-8
  • (fols. 28-42) Charles Shaw-Lefevre, 1840-8
  • (fols. 43-5) Justus Liebig, 1846
  • (fols. 46-7) Edward John Littleton, c.1848
  • (fols. 48-53) John Gibson Lockhart, 1838
  • (fols. 56-7) Sir Richard Owen, 1848
  • (fols. 58-60) Sir Robert Peel, 1844
  • (fols. 61-4) Dudley Ryder, 1838-43
  • (fols. 65-6) Thomas Spring-Rice, 1835
  • (fols. 67-70) Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley, 1841-2

Letters from Charles Kingsley to John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow, 1848-51
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3611
Extent: ii + 83 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes (fols. 82-3) one letter in reply from Ludlow, n.d.


Miscellaneous correspondence, 1788-1848
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7122
Extent: 28 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 2-10) letters to Thomas Percy, Bishop of Dromore, relating to the purchase of fir trees, 1788, with a letter (fol. 1) from John Johnson, donating them to the Agricultural Economics Research Institute, 1930
  • (fols. 11-12) letter from Arthur Young to his publisher, 1814
  • (fols. 13-28) letters to William Hannem of Cornham Farm, Exmoor, Devon, from his father, 1845-6, and one (fols. 27-8) from his brother-in-law, 1848
Separated Material:

Large printed catalogue for John McEvoy's tree and shrubs, removed to MS. Eng. misc. b. 433, fols. 40-1.


E   Miscellaneous material, c.1804-1929

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7123, Eng. d. 3612-13, Top. Devon e. 11


'A History of Twelve years life on Exmoor', by William Hannem of Cornham Farm, Exmoor, Devon, 1845-57
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Devon e. 11
Extent: iv + 444 pages
Binding: Bound by Maltby of Oxford in brown cloth boards, gilt-ruled spine

Scope and Content:

An edited transcription, with introduction, can be found in C.S. Orwin and R.J. Sellick, The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest (Newton Abbot, 1970), pp. 237-91.

Custodial History:

Bookplate on front pastedown, 'University of Oxford Agricultural Economics Research Institute'.



Typescript draft of chapter VIII of C.S. Orwin, The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest (London, 1929), with manuscript notes and related correspondence, 1928-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7123
Extent: 87 leaves

Miscellaneous papers, [1823]-1834
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3612
Extent: 61 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-19) transcription, by Joan Evans, of the diary entries, 1823-7, of Arthur Benoni Evans of Britwell Court, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, containing information on wages and prices
  • (fols. 20-61) receipts for sales of livestock at Smithfield Market, London, 'sold for Sir F. Fowke' (Sir Frederick Gustavus Fowke), 1830-4

Proofs of illustrations, with descriptions, for an unidentified work on agricultural implements, techniques and drainage, c.1804
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3613
Extent: 75 leaves
Material: Paper watermarked 1802-4

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